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Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 in Featured, Gadgets, Technology | 2 comments

iPad2 in South Africa: On Sale 29 April 2011

ipad2---front-&-backNo, not a year later. Not even six months later. Just three months after the US release of the iPad 2, Apples’ benchmark setting tablet device, South Africans can expect to pick up the new version 2 iPad from local retailers from tomorrow, 29 April 2011. And at competitive prices with local authorised support, iPadders country-wide are going to be spending the coming May Day long weekend in a near state of nirvana.

As we reported here, the first version of the iPad was only made available to South African consumers in January this year, almost a year after the devices’ release. So the fact that we are receiving the iPad 2 just a short three months later, and at the same time as a number of other territories (Hong Kong, India, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,  South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates also all have Friday, 29 April set as the release date for the iPad 2 in their areas) speaks volumes for the attention that Core Group has paid to its critics here. (It perhaps also indicates that the strategy of trying to get consumers to buy the version 1 device when all were aware of the imminent release of version 2 may not have gone entirely to plan…)

What are the iPad 2 Prices?

Around R500 – R600 higher than the comparable iPad 1 prices at some distributors. The determinant of the price difference is simply in the storage capacity of the device you choose – all other features are identical across the range. The Core Groups’ recommend pricing levels for the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi range from R4,400 to R6,400, whilst adding 3G connectivity to your iPad 2 will cost you between R5,600 and R7,600. Here’s a full breakdown of the models and prices:

ipad2 - sa pricing

(Note: These are suggested retail prices from Core Group. Resellers are responsible for determining their own prices for the resale of products. These are suggestions only and the resellers are entirely free to determine the actual prices at which products will be sold.)

What are the iPad 2 Features?

ipad2---multitouch-&-facetimeThere are many. Too many to list here.

Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. A claimed (and reported) 10-hour battery life. All in a thinner, lighter design than the original. Multi-touch capability. The newest iOS 4 operating system. Even a LED backlit display with accelerated graphics on board. You’ll find a good marketing-speak description of most of the new features here: http://images.apple.com/ipad/features/

Basic iPad 2 Features:

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • Front and back cameras
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • 3G data service on Wi-Fi + 3G models

And all of the devices technical specifications are detailed right here: http://images.apple.com/ipad/specs/

There are also a bunch of additional options and features available. Like the revolutionary Smart Covers which double as a foldable stand, and the ability to link your iPad 2 directly to your HDTV for big screen use and display using a VGA adapter. Obviously, these extras are all sold separately…

ipad2---coloured-covers

Where can I buy the iPad 2 in South Africa?

According to the Core Group release, they will be relying on their existing network of Apple Stores country-wide, and will continue their established reseller relationships with both Incredible Connection and Dion Wired stores in an effort to give Apple products as wide a distribution area as possible. All the retail stores and outlets that will stock the iPad 2 from tomorrow are detailed below:

 

iPad 2 will be available at the following retail stores from 29 April:

Apple Premium Resellers

Digicape Cape Town
iStore Canal Walk
iStore Clearwater
iStore Gateway
iStore Melrose Arch
iStore Menlyn
iStore 1 Sandton Drive
iStore Sandton City
iStore Vodaworld
iStore Waterfront
Project 3

Incredible Connection

Incredible Connection Bloemfontein
Incredible Connection Canal Walk
Incredible Connection Cavendish
Incredible Connection Centurion
Incredible Connection Cresta
Incredible Connection East Rand Retail Park
Incredible Connection Eastgate
Incredible Connection Fourways
Incredible Connection Gateway
Incredible Connection Menlyn
Incredible Connection Nelspruit
Incredible Connection Pavillion
Incredible Connection Sandton
Incredible Connection Somerset West
Incredible Connection The Glen
Incredible Connection Woodmead

Dion Wired

Dion Wired Bedford Square
Dion Wired Fourways
Dion Wired Gateway
Dion Wired Hyde Park
Dion Wired Somerset West
Dion Wired Woodlands
Dion Wired Woodmead

Let us know if you get one, and what your thoughts on it are!

2 Comments

  1. I want one of these babies. BAD.

    Unfortunately for me, I have been spending all my money, and my bank’s money, on a lawsuit to destroy the @$$ho!e that is supposed to be me boss. But I am sure that I will get that Pink Baby to be My Baby. Soon. Yeah, the Fairy Godmother of Bitches owes me anyway.

    • “I want one of these babies. BAD.” You and I both WSG!

      Sadly, my financial position is much like yours (albeit for completely different reasons of course).

      I wonder if there’s a Fairy Godfather of Bastards, and if I have one…?

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